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Is it possible to convert a answer into a comment or vice versa?

I think it would be very useful to be able to convert an answer into a comment (or vice versa).

Both Stack Overflow and OSQA can do this and is a very handy feature that I would certainly use a lot as a moderator

mether's avatar
updated 2011-06-25 19:36:43 -0500
todofixthis's avatar
updated 2012-07-21 22:38:55 -0500
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sure, the feature will be done. I'll work on your login system tonight.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-06-25 19:34:12 -0500) edit

@Evgeny has this feature been added to hosted sites as well? What is the process to convert an answer into a comment (and vice versa)?

todofixthis's avatar todofixthis (2012-07-21 21:36:48 -0500) edit

@todofixthis we don't have this feature yet. I'll try to get it before the next release, this is not a very difficult one.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-07-21 21:38:38 -0500) edit
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Answer into a comment - a couple of problems - what to do if the answer has fancy formatting or too long?

Should be a threshold on the length of answer that can be converted to a comment? Then, comments cannot take some types of formatting - like section headings, images and such... Strip content in those cases or just refuse to repost?

Going the opposite way (comment -> answer) is not a problem.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-06-27 00:57:11 -0500
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Length - set a limit. Warn users about it for formatting loss but allow it if user confirms. Might also want to check what the "competition" does in this space
mether's avatar mether (2011-06-27 04:53:10 -0500) edit

Seeing as how converting an answer to a comment is probably something that only a user with sufficient karma to edit posts could do, why not just give the user the ability to edit the answer (and either not allow saving a too-long comment or just truncate at the max char limit)?

todofixthis's avatar todofixthis (2012-07-21 21:35:51 -0500) edit

It would be useful to be able to convert answers to comments, especially in the following case: user1 posts question, user2 posts answer, user1 posts other answer to thank user2, user3 would like to make the thank-you-answer into a comment to user2's answer.

slelievre's avatar slelievre (2014-07-11 06:11:13 -0500) edit
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